We get asked a lot how we ended up in in this little town. It is family that brought us to East Tennessee but it is the natural beauty and simplicity of this place that captured our hearts and convinced us to begin our journey here.
Twelve years have passed since Stuart and I arrived in Tellico Plains with nothing more than the idea that we wanted to start a wood-fired bakery and the determination to do it. Being oddly optimistic, childless, and twelve years younger helped a lot.
Looking back at these renovation pictures makes me wonder how we did it. I guess we were invigorated once the building began to reveal its character. Nothing was going to stop us from finishing what we started.
I remember coming in that first day thinking we were just going to roll up the wet carpet and put on some fresh paint to get rid of that musty smell.
It never occurred to us what a huge undertaking we had just gotten ourselves into.
Slowly, and not so surely, we conquered rotting roofs,
We made quite a scene for almost nine months.
Plenty of folks poked their head in to tell us we would never make it and a few gave us much needed words of encouragement.
When the time came to open our doors we were so scared no one would come.
But alas, the people did come and over the past eleven years we have gotten to know them and watched their children grow up and make memories at our bakery.
The transformation of our lives and of this building into the bakery that it is today has been a rewarding and humbling adventure.
We are so grateful to our family and friends for not telling us we were crazy out loud even though we know that is what they were thinking.